Free Agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson is scheduled to visit the Washington Redskins on Monday, and they will have the first crack of any other team at signing him. But is signing him worth dealing with the off the field baggage and diva like attitude that the talented receiver brings along with him?
Jackson was recently cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, and rumors have since surfaced that he may have gang affiliations. It’s possible that the Eagles simply no longer wanted to pay Jackson as much as they were, and that’s the reason they cut him. But could there be some off the field issues the Eagles knew about that led them to that decision?
No one wants to be the team that signs the next Aaron Hernandez, but Jackson’s issues couldn’t be that bad could they? I’m sure the Redskins will do a thorough investigation of Jackson before signing him, but sometimes such investigations don’t always turn up everything on a player. We’ve seen this before.
However, the Redskins have a clear need at wide receiver, and Jackson could certainly help address that. He is still an explosive player, and he has been ever since he entered the league. Many Redskins fans recall how the team made the fatal error of drafting Devin Thomas ahead of Jackson in the 2008 draft, and he’s been a Redskin killer ever since.
They now have the chance to undo that mistake, and adding Jackson would instantly give them one of the top receiving units in the league combined with Pierre Garcon, the newly signed Andre Roberts, and tight end Jordan Reed. And the passing game with quarterback Robert Griffin III could certainly use a weapon like DeSean Jackson.
However, it remains to be seen if there is some sort of earth shattering scandal waiting to drop after Jackson signs with the team of his choosing. But that team could add provisions on any guaranteed money in his contract if Jackson agreed to it, and if there’s really nothing there, I can’t see why he wouldn’t?
And maybe Jackson is no choir boy, but we’re talking about football here not choir practice. You can’t have a team full of all heroes. You need all types to win, both good guys and with a few ones bad mixed in. So as long as it’s a contract that doesn’t break the Redskins back, and they ensure Jackson’s background is reasonably clear, then I say sign him up. What do you say?